Oral Histories

Lorraine M. Aronson

Richard Balducci

Julie Belaga

Nelson Brown

J. William Burns

Larrye deBear

Roger Dove

John F. Droney

Thomas P. Gaffey

Michael Hanley

George Hannon

Joseph H. Harper, Jr. (2)

Jay Jackson

Richard L. Judd

Mary Ellen Klinck

Charles McCollam

David McQuade

Anthony V. Milano

Charles Monagan

Daniel Moore

Timothy Moynihan (2)

Cornelius P. O'Leary

Natalie "Nikki" O'Neill

Governor William A. O'Neill (4)

John Rathgeber

Howard Rifkin

Jon Sandberg

Richard Schneller

Ruth Sharaf

Edward Stockton

Irving Stolberg

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Governor William A. O'Neill Archives

Oral History Project

Center for Public Policy and Social Research

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Interview Lorraine M. Aronson - Interview conducted on 11-20-2002 by Robert Douglas with Lorraine Aronson of Manchester, Connecticut. Ms. Aronson is Vice President for Financial Planning and Management at the University of Connecticut. During her career in public service she has served Governors O'Neill, Weicker and Rowland as Connecticut's deputy commissioner of Education, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Income Maintenance as well as deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 11-20-2002
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:49

Interview Richard Balducci - Interview conducted on 1-23-2001 by Robert Douglas with Richard Balducci of Deep River, Connecticut. Mr. Balducci served in the House of Representatives with William O'Neill, and later served as Speaker of the House during the second term of former Governor O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 01-23-2001
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:34

Interview Julie Belaga - Interview conducted on 04-11-2002 by Robert Douglas with Julie Belaga of Westport, Connecticut. As a former Republican state representative, Ms. Belaga was the Republican Party candidate for Governor against William A. O'Neill, the Democrat incumbent, in the 1986 Connecticut gubernatorial election.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 04-11-2002
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:28

Interview Nelson Brown - Interview conducted on 11-9-2006 by Robert Douglas with Nelson Brown of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Mr. Brown served in the CT House of Representatives as a Republican from Groton, CT during the 1950s. He was a friend, confidant and advisor to Governor O'Neill during his administration.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 11-09-2006
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 44:04

Interview J. William Burns - Interview conducted on 03-13-2001 by Robert Douglas with J. William Burns of West Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Burns served as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Transportation under former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 03-13-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:17

Interview Larrye deBear - - Interview conducted on 08-22-2001 by Robert Douglas with Larrye deBear of Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Larrye deBear served as Press Secretary to former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 08-22-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:58

Interview Roger Dove - Interview conducted 12-12-2003 by Robert Douglas with Roger Dove of Middle Haddam, Connecticut, who represented the Insurance Industry in various matters before the state government. Mr. Dove was also a close friend of former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 12-12-2003
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:22

Interview John F. Droney - Interview conducted on 03-14-2002 by Robert Douglas with John F. Droney of West Hartford, Connecticut. John F. Droney served as State Chairman of the Democratic Party during the administration of former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 03-14-2002
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 0:47

Interview Honorable Thomas P. Gaffey - Interview conducted on 2-21-2001 by Robert Douglas with State Senator Thomas P. Gaffey of Meriden. He served as Executive Assistant under former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 02-21-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:10

Interview Michael Hanley - Interview conducted on 2-23-2001 by Robert Douglas with Michael Hanley of Hebron, Connecticut, who served as Administrative Aide under former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 02-23-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:40

Interview George Hannon - Interview conducted on 10-5-2001 by Robert Douglas with George Hannon of Moodus, Connecticut. He was a confidant, campaign strategist and close political advisor of Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 09-05-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:40

Interview Joseph H. Harper, Jr. - Interview conducted on 7-25-2002 by Robert Douglas with Joseph H. Harper Jr. of New Britain, Connecticut. During his sixteen years in the General Assembly, which included the 10 years of former Governor William A. O'Neil's administration, Mr. Harper held numerous leadership positions, including Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate, as well as Senate Chairman of the budget writing Appropriations Committee, the Labor and Public Employees Committee and both Senate and House Chairman of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. Mr. Harper was a leading proponent and member of the Commission to Study the Management of State Government, established by Governor O'Neill to explore ways of reducing government costs. Afterwards, Mr. Harper co-chaired the Commission to Reorganize State Government, known as the Harper-Hull Commission.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 06-13-2002
Location Vance Academic Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:07

Interview Joseph Harper, Jr. - 2nd Interview with Joseph H. Harper, Jr., conducted by Robert Douglas on 6-13-2002 at the Vance Academic Center, Central Connecticut State University.
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Interview Number 2
Date of Interview 07-25-2002
Location Vance Academic Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:07

Interview Jay Jackson - Interview conducted on 11-17-2000 by Robert Douglas with Jay Jackson of West Hartford, Connecticut. He served as Chief Counsel to Governor William A. O'Neill during the O'Neill's administration.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 11-17-2000
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:26

Interview Richard L. Judd - Interview conducted on 8-3-2010 by Robert Douglas with Richard L. Judd, who retired in 2004 as President of Central Connecticut State University, the state’s oldest public institution of higher education. Dr. Judd describes successful efforts to endow a chair in ‘Public Policy and Practical Politics’ at the University, honoring the public service legacy of Governor O’Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 8-3-2010
Location Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 50:40


Interview Charles "Chad" McCollam - Interview conducted on 8-9-2000 by Robert Douglas with Charles "Chad" McCollam of Bethel, Connecticut, who served as the first chief of staff to former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 8-9-2000
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 2:01

Interview David McQuade - Interview conducted on 8-23-2000 by Robert Douglas with David McQuade of Hartford, Connecticut, who served as chief of staff to former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1 & 2
Date of Interview 8-23-2000
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:57, 0:68

Interview Anthony V. Milano - Interview conducted on 11-16-2000 by Robert Douglas with Anthony V. Milano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who served as Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management under former Connecticut governors Ella T. Grasso and William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 11-16-2000
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:50

Interview Charles Monagan - Interview conducted on 4-12-2001 by Robert Douglas with Charles Monagan of Waterbury, Connecticut, who served as Campaign Press Secretary and Administrative Aide under former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 04-12-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:54

Interview Daniel Moore - Interview conducted on 10-11-2001 by Robert Douglas with Daniel Moore of Columbia, Connecticut. Mr. Moore served as Legislative Aide to former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill, from 1986-1990.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 10-11-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:27

Interview Timothy Moynihan - Interview conducted on 10-13-2000 by Robert Douglas with Timothy Moynihan of East Hartford, Connecticut, who served as the Deputy Majority Leader and key O'Neill ally in the State House of Representatives during Governor O'Neill's administration, as well as chairman of the Connecticut State Democratic Party.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 10-13-2000
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:24

Interview Timothy Moynihan - Interview conducted on 10-27-2000 by Robert Douglas with Timothy Moynihan of East Hartford, Connecticut, who served as the Deputy Majority Leader and key O'Neill ally in the State House of Representatives during Governor O'Neill's administration, as well as chairman of the Connecticut State Democratic Party.
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Interview Number 2
Date of Interview 10-27-2000
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:35

Interview Cornelius P. O'Leary - - Interview conducted on 12-29-2000 by Robert Douglas with Cornelius P. O'Leary of Windsor Locks, Connecticut. During the administration of former Governor William A. O'Neill, Mr. O'Leary held numerous leadership positions in the Connecticut General Assembly, including Senate Chairman of the Education Committee, Senate Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senate Minority Leader and the Senate Majority Leader.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 12-29-2000
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:34

Interview Natalie "Nikki" O'Neill - Interview conducted on 11-24-2003 by Robert Douglas with Mrs. William A. O'Neill of East Hampton, Connecticut. Nikki O'Neill served as Connecticut's First Lady from 1980 to 1991.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 11-24-2003
Location The O'Neill lakefront home in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:42

Interview Gov. William A. O'Neill - Interview conducted on August 17, 2000 by Robert Douglas with former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill of East Hampton, Connecticut.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 8-17-2000
Location The O'Neill lakefront home in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:19

Interview Gov. William A. O'Neill - Interview conducted on October 9, 2000 by Robert Douglas with former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill of East Hampton, Connecticut.
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Interview Number 2
Date of Interview 10-09-2000
Location The O'Neill lakefront home in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:33

Interview Gov. William A. O'Neill - Interview conducted on October 26, 2000 by Robert Douglas with former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill of East Hampton, Connecticut.
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Interview Number 3
Date of Interview 10-26-2000
Location The O'Neill lakefront home in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:24


Interview Gov. William A. O'Neill - Interview conducted on April 4, 2001 by Robert Douglas with former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill of East Hampton, Connecticut.
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Interview Number 4
Date of Interview 04-04-2001
Location The O'Neill lakefront home in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:00

Interview John Rathgeber - Interview conducted on 4-25-2001 by Robert Douglas with John Rathgeber of Kensington, Connecticut, who served as Executive Vice President of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (known as CBIA) during the administration of former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 04-25-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:15

Interview Howard Rifkin - Interview conducted on 12-18-2000 by Robert Douglas with Howard Rifkin of Hartford, Connecticut, who served as Counsel to former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 12-18-2000
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:21

Interview Jon Sandberg - Interview conducted on 12-6-2000 by Robert Douglas with John Sandberg of Colchester, Connecticut, who served as Press Secretary under former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 12-06-2000
Location  Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:19

Interview Richard Schneller - Interview conducted on 5-21-2001 by Robert Douglas with Richard Schneller of Essex, Connecticut. Mr. Schneller was the State Senate Majority Leader during the administration of former Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 05-21-2001
Location Barnard Hall at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 49

Interview Ruth Sharaf - Interview conducted on 10-10-2001 by Robert Douglas with Ruth Sharaf of Hartford, Connecticut. Ruth Sharaf served as Executive Aide to former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 10-10-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:12

Interview Edward Stockton - Interview conducted on 12-4-2001 by Robert Douglas with Edward Stockton of Bloomfield, Connecticut. Mr. Stockton was the Commissioner of Economic Development under former Connecticut Governor William A. O'Neill.
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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 12-04-2001
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Minutes 1:02


Interview Irving Stolberg Interview conducted on February 15, 2006 by Robert Douglas with Irving Stolberg of New Haven, Connecticut.  Mr. Stolberg served for 22 years in the Connecticut General Assembly’s House of Representatives, including four years as Speaker of the House and two years as Minority Leader.

Stolberg currently serves as President of the Connecticut chapter of the United Nations Association.

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Interview Number 1
Date of Interview 2-15-2006
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Duration 1:27:00

Interview

Irving Stolberg - Interview conducted on March 7, 2006 by Robert Douglas with Irving Stolberg of New Haven, Connecticut.  Mr. Stolberg served for 22 years in the Connecticut General Assembly’s House of Representatives, including four years as Speaker of the House and two years as Minority Leader.

Stolberg currently serves as President of the Connecticut chapter of the United Nations Association.

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Interview Number 2
Date of Interview 3-7-2006
Location Media Center at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Interviewer Robert Douglas
Duration 1 :21:00